Traffic noise impact a focus of Fingal County Council plan

by Sylvia Pownall

Fingal County Council (FCC) wants to change the County Development Plan in order to better manage the impact of transport noise.

The local authority is proposing a variation to the plan to facilitate measures to manage noise from aircraft, trains and other vehicles on future housing and what it terms “sensitive land uses”.

According to the council, the changes – including reconfiguring noise contour zones around the airport – are set to have a positive impact on aircraft noise regulation.

Work on the draft Local Area Plan for Dublin Airport, which is now on public display, highlighted the fact that management of aircraft sounds has moved on significantly since noise mapping for the airport was undertaken in 2005.

The proposed changes include amending noise zones around Dublin Airport, requesting noise assessment information with planning applications, and an update on rural settlement policy affecting farming and rural communities.

A council spokesperson stated: “With MetroLink, Bus Connects and new link roads also in the pipeline across Fingal, it was clear there was a requirement for updated mapping to aid land use planning.

“This information can be used to ensure development is guided away from the areas of greatest noise impact and future development is located in the most suitable areas to ensure noise impact is minimised.”

Information evenings will be held in County Hall, Swords on Wednesday, September 18 and the Radisson SAS Hotel in Dublin Airport on October 1, both from 4.30-8pm.

The council’s interim chief executive, AnnMarie Farrelly, said it was “seeking to ensure that future developments in the vicinity of the airport, roads and railways are not unduly impacted by noise”.

The move follows FCC’s appointment as noise regulator for Dublin Airport on September 1.

Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) – which plans a €2bn investment at the hub – is expected to request that planning restrictions limiting the number of night flights on the new north runway be lifted.

In a radio interview last week, DAA chief Dalton Phillips said the authority hoped to make full use of both runways once the second landing strip becomes operational in 2021.

The draft variation is on public display at County Hall in Swords and the civic offices in Blanchardstown, as well as the ten Fingal libraries and four mobile libraries.

It can also be viewed online at

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